Sunday, March 9, 2014


Freddie B Photography Captures Kids At Play
In Country Couture Photo Shoot
Produced by Dynamite Editorials
Written by Victoria Thomas

Strutting supermodels routinely ruffle feathers, and members of the creative team notoriously butt heads. But at a recent countrified photo shoot staged by Dynamite Editorials, the feathers belonged to local chickens and roosters, and the frisky capers of the goats were all in good fun.

Gathering creative forces at the generously donated home of the Word family in scenic Trabuco Canyon, located in the foothills of the Santa Ana mountains southeast of Los Angeles, Freddie B Photography, along with a team of professional fashion stylists, hairstylists and makeup artists, captured impressions of child-models, their parents and siblings, in fresh fashions and rustic settings that seem a million miles from even a speck of smog or gridlock.

“The hills, the animals milling around, the excitement of the children--I was afraid I couldn’t capture it all in one day and I was right,” says Freddie B. “The images I got that day leave me with a feeling of longing for a place like this, far from the hustle and bustle of Southern California.”

It’s an old show-biz adage that no actor should ever share the bill with a child performer or an animal act, to prevent being upstaged. The instant chemistry and charisma of kids and critters at the Trabuco Canyon event confirmed this theory without a doubt. Many of Freddie B.’s images catch kids in the act of jumping for joy, cowboy boots and all. “It was a real-life experience of the incredible lightness of being as the children’s playfulness brings the color to life,” says the photographer. And that’s exactly how Freddie B. portrayed these adorable subjects in his artistic coloring of this spread.

Highlighting the action was a family birthday party on the charming front porch of the ranch house, complete with bubbles, and balloons. But some of the day’s most memorable images are spontaneous interactions between kids, hens, goats, dogs and one friendly pig, all members of the Word family’s farm.

Some of the fashions, like denim jackets from Homespun Vintage, referenced the project’s rustic Americana roots. In addition to gingham checks and plaids which would be at home on a hayride or at a hoe-down, the young models also represented edgier expressions with screened tees, tanks, dresses, skirts, tie-dyes, and jeanswear-inspired cotton vests in hot pink and chrome yellow. The LA-based designers included Homespun Vintage, Recess Showroom, Julie Smith Kids, Smallshop Showroom and Krys Corvette.

Children and barnyard friends were all on their best behavior. Still, there were surprises, squawks, snorts, nibbles and giggles, resulting in candid images which capture the playfulness of the fashion collections.

The Dynamite Editorials creative team followed as children frolicked with barnyard friends, catching many impressions on the fly as well as formally staging set shots. Bringing family groups into the setting added to the relaxed feeling of the day, allowing the children to respond to the environment in a comfortable and natural way.

“Working with children in this expansive natural setting was such a joyful experience. The photographs communicate a playful spirit, and this is often what’s missing from campaigns featuring kids. The feeling our team captured is genuine, not contrived, and so different from anything you could ever get inside a studio under hot lights,” comments TNT Tauna, founder of Dynamite Editorials.

Dynamite Editorials is an educational production company specializing in editorial photography founded by Fashion Stylist, Blogger, and Production Director, TNT Tauna. She began Dynamite Editorials as a platform to enable other artists to create cohesively styled editorials for portfolio use, promotion, and publication. Tauna works diligently behind the scenes to organize content creating events, invite influential fashion bloggers to join the fun, and find magazines interested in publishing the content. To learn more about TNT Tauna and Dynamite Editorials please visit her website at

Editorial Credits:
Photographer: Freddie B Photography
Models: Maya & Melia Molinar, Grace & Emma Kozak
Hair: Viridiana De La Rosa, Martha Ponce, Maribel Guerrero, Tina Maria Del Pozo
Wardrobe Stylists: Sydnee Thrasher, Jessica Meister, TNT Tauna
Assistant Stylist: Jessica Moffett, Shantalcole Hernandez, Jasmin Garcia

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